State Sen. Bowie Visits Tempe Chamber Businesses

by Christopher Samuels

In an afternoon tour of Tempe Chamber of Commerce businesses last week, state Sen. Sean Bowie (D-18) pledged support for businesses in his district and proposed new legislation that could create a larger pipeline of skilled workers. The senator stopped by four south Tempe businesses, with employee numbers ranging from 14 to 6,400. The businesses… [More]

Tempe Chamber Military Affairs Committee Gives Annual Donation to Toys for Tots

by Christopher Samuels

As part of their holiday luncheon, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee gave a large donation of toys and cash to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. The committee has partnered with the foundation for several years’ running. As in previous years, the Tempe South Rotary Club partnered with the… [More]

Karen Meyer Hired as Tempe Chamber Business Development Director

by Christopher Samuels

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has hired Karen Meyer, a Tempe native and former business owner, to serve as the Business Development Director. Meyer will lead the Chamber’s effort to recruit new businesses into the organization and enhance our ability to serve the Tempe business community. A major focus area of Meyer’s will be to ensure… [More]

Tempe Chamber Honors Servicemembers at Goldwater Air Base

by Christopher Samuels

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce and its Military Affairs Committee honored an officer and an enlisted Guardsman in the 161st Air Refueling Wing during a ceremony at Goldwater Air National Guard Base in Phoenix Wednesday, Oct. 11. Referred to as the Plough/Truman Award, the award was established to honor Maj. Truman Young, a pilot, and… [More]

Tempe Chamber of Commerce Supports School District Overrides, Bond in November Elections

by Christopher Samuels

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted August 22 to support the bonds and overrides proposed by the Kyrene Elementary School District and the Tempe Union High School District. The bond and override questions will be on the November ballot for Tempe voters to consider. The Tempe Chamber believes the money is needed… [More]

Tempe Chamber Announces New Members of the Board of Directors

by Christopher Samuels

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has confirmed three new members to its board of directors. Their terms will begin July 1. The new members of the board are: Tina Lee OneAZ Credit Union Lee is a seasoned financial services professional and a former small-business owner. She has been with OneAZ Credit Union for more than… [More]

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to Receive U.S. Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award in Tempe (with photo op and Q&A)

by Christopher Samuels

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, representing the Arizona ninth district in the House of Representatives, was honored with the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at a ceremony hosted by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce on August 31. “We are honored to be represented by a member of Congress who places a… [More]

Desirae Noonan Awarded Tempe Chamber Volunteer of the Year

by Christopher Samuels

Desirae Noonan has been named the Tempe Chamber Volunteer of the Year and was honored at the Chamber’s Annual Luncheon on June 29. Noonan, the branch manager of Express Employment Professionals in Tempe, was involved in another chamber of commerce in Illinois at another job before moving to Arizona. She had her office re-join the… [More]

Robin Arredondo-Savage Honored with Spirit of Tempe Award

by Christopher Samuels

Robin Arredondo-Savage, Vice Mayor for the City of Tempe and a local small business owner, was honored by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce by receiving the Chamber’s annual Spirit of Tempe Award. The award recognizes a lifetime achievement of service, dedication and contribution to the community and honors hard work and a strong commitment to… [More]

What the Sales Leader of the Year Wants You to Know About Sales

by Chris Samuels

For nearly 40 years, Karla Boyles has been involved in selling one thing or another. She started her career in the fitness industry, then in 2004 moved to hotels, eventually settling into her role as director of sales for the Hampton Inn & Suites Tempe and the adjacent Red Lion Inn. Except she never settled.… [More]